We are all looking for ways to increase our living space as life in the 21st century means the size of affordable housing is relatively small. Taking into account all the activities we like to use the home for this can create a problem. So unless you become a lottery window, and I don't mean a win for three numbers, we need to make the most of what we have got.
This is where other areas of the home is called into action. If you have a loft then maybe that can be used for some storage however modern timber framed houses don't have much space up there due to the amount of roof trusses up there. In older houses, which were built with traditional brick walls you will find a great deal of space up there. You do need to be careful when walking in the loft to ensure you don't put your foot through the ceiling. Ideally board it out so you don't have this problem.
As well as using the loft for storage if you don't have a garden shed on the older traditional properties you could consider converting the loft into proper accommodation. This will give a massive boost to your available living space but an be expensive.
The area of the home which is called into action more often than not is the garden. Even in the smallest property there an opportunity to add even a small garden shed and this will help relieve your home off some of the pressure which builds up. The shed is probably the cheapest and easiest way to gain extra storage space. But like most purchases you need to do a little homework.
There are many garden shed companies on the web so it's easy to be overwhelmed by the choice. It's easy to be swayed by price but like most things if it's cheap then there is a very good reason for that. This is usually because cheap and unsuitable materials are used such as chipboard, OSB board and cheap plywood. Besides that the thickness of the framing and wall cladding (the planks of wood for the wall as well as the floor and roof) are so thin and don't have any strength. Cheap does not always represent good value, certainly where garden sheds are concerned.
So how do you know what to look for? Well 1st Choice Leisure Buildings has a Garden Shed Buying Guide which you can use when making a decision. Read through this before buying and this will help you to dodge the duff sheds and end up with a good value building instead. Even after reading this you may still go for the cheapest shed but you will at least know what to expect when it turns up. If you only want a shed for a short term, maybe a year of two, then these may fit the bill. The important thing is to know what you are getting before it arrives.
You will find that wooden garden sheds are most sympathetic with the garden and will blend it very well. The only downside is that they do need to be treated from time to time. But in real life, ideally, you need to re-treat the shed before its first winter and then every 2-3 years, if it needs it. You will find that the sides facing into the weather will need treated that often but the rest of the shed will usually be fine. There are companies offering 10 year guarantees on there sheds but, again, be careful. Read this article before being misled as not everything is as it should be.
By using your garden you can add to your usable space in your home which will please all the family. And when you consider the type of buildings available other than the traditional shed such as a corner shed, potting shed or skinny shed you can see these building can suit your needs to a 't'.